BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ?? Following his career day in the University of Alabama football team’s 17-12 loss to Mississippi State last Saturday, sophomore placekicker Leigh Tiffin has been selected as the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. It marks the second straight week that a Tide player has earned the honor after Javier Arenas received the nod for his efforts against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3.
Tiffin, who accounted for all of his team’s points in the game, extended his streak of consecutive field goal conversions to nine with a perfect 4-of-4 performance against MSU. He nailed kicks of 29, 39, 50 and 51 yards in the game, giving him eight field goals of more than 40 yards this season, tops in the SEC.
The 51-yard field goal in the first quarter tied for ninth-longest in school history, and Tiffin joined his father, Van, as the only other Tide kicker to make two field goals of more than 50 yards in a single game.
For the season, Tiffin is 21-of-28 in field goals and is three makes shy of the school record of 24 set by Phillip Doyle in 1990. He has not missed a field goal since his 48-yard miss in the second quarter of the win over Tennessee and has converted 16 of his last 18 attempts dating back to the final quarter of the Arkansas game on Sept. 15.
Tiffin leads the SEC and is ranked third nationally in made field goals per game with a 2.10 average. He is fourth in the SEC and tied for 22nd nationally in scoring, averaging 9.3 points per game. He is seven points shy of tying the single-season scoring record for a kicker set by Doyle, who tallied 100 in 1989.
Alabama plays its final home game of the 2007 season on Saturday, Nov. 17, when the Tide welcomes Louisiana Monroe to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game is set to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) and will not be televised.